Do you know a teacher who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference?

The classroom teacher is the backbone of the American educational system. No one person has a greater impact on the education of a child than does the teacher who creates the primary learning and instructional environment.

To nominate a teacher for the Yankton School District Teacher of the Year Award, simply complete this form by February 9, 2018.
The South Dakota Department of Education defines a classroom teacher as being a person who has a class of his/her own and spends at least three or more hours per day, five days a week, for six or more calendar months during a school year in a classroom teaching students.  The South Dakota Department of Education has determined school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers are NOT eligible.  Any teacher that is retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 school term is also not eligible.

1. Please complete the following.

2. Please explain why you feel the educator you are nominating should be the District Teacher of the Year, citing specific examples. Some things to consider: the teacher’s methods for meeting student needs, desire for professional growth, community involvement, dedication to the teaching profession, and rapport with students, parents and staff.

The Yankton School District Teacher of the Year becomes eligible to apply for the Regional Teacher of the Year Award, and possibly for the South Dakota and/or the National Teacher of the Year Award. For more information on the Teacher of the Year Program visit,

3. Please complete the following.